The Kurdistan Region Presidency issued a statement on the current conditions in Iraq and the recent tensions between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The text of the statement is as follows:
The recent events that took place in Kirkuk and Al-Qaim and in front of the American embassy in Baghdad are indications of the increasing complexity of the situation in Iraq that led to repeated actions and reactions. From this standpoint, we reject the steps to settle the accounts of countries on Iraq and thus violate its sovereignty, which led to the result of killing the brigade, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of the Popular Mobilization and their comrades, have had a prominent role in the war against ISIS terrorists in recent years.
Iraq should not be used as an arena for resolving states ’conflicts, and we call for solving their problems through dialogue and respect for Iraq and its sovereignty. The continuation of these complications, actions and reactions will move Iraq and the region towards the abyss and an unknown future, and will revive and strengthen the extremist and terrorist forces like ISIS.
In these complex, sensitive and dangerous circumstances, we call on all parties to adhere to the utmost restraint and to prevent any dangerous developments.
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